Did you know that the United States alone is estimated to have had almost 50,000,000 transmissions just of the coronavirus since the beginning of the pandemic? When you account for all the countries in the world, there have been close to 260 million transmissions of this new disease. And there are probably even more transmissions than that, but they are not included in the official count because not everybody who catches a disease ends up getting an official test for it.
On top of all those transmissions, there are many more transmissions of other illnesses throughout the world. Unfortunately, a surprisingly high number of transmissions happen in hospitals. Despite the extremely clean environment that most hospitals represent, there are other factors that lead to them being a hotspot of transmission.
Read on to learn all about the most efficient preventative measures you can implement in your own routine!
- Encourage the Use of Vaccines
Although it is true that we struggle with illnesses today, we often fail to appreciate how very different things were in the past. In the past, people would routinely catch deadly illnesses. These days, many of those illnesses have disappeared.
How did this happen? In many cases, we were able to eliminate the worst diseases by creating vaccines against them. Vaccines have been the only measure powerful enough to completely eliminate diseases like smallpox and the black plague.
On top of everything else, vaccines are a powerful way to reduce the transmission of illnesses. They also provide other benefits.
For example, even if a vaccine fails to prevent transmission of a disease, it will generally prevent the disease from being as serious as it might otherwise have been.
- Wear Masks
In some parts of the world, the idea of wearing a mask to prevent the transmission of diseases is quite new. In Europe and America, many people only started doing this in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
However, when you think about it, it makes sense that other countries have done this for longer. Masks are an effective way to prevent the transmission of all kinds of diseases. If people are sick, then wearing a mask is a cheap and effective way for them to avoid getting other people sick.
- Practice Good Social Distancing
Social distancing is another powerful tool that you can use to prevent illnesses. Unless there is some specific reason to have people close to each other, it can sometimes be better to practice social distancing by default.
This goes especially for cases when you know that somebody is sick. When somebody is sick they should keep their distance from everybody else unless they have a specific reason not to. The more serious their illnesses, the stronger the reason they have to strive to avoid spreading it to others.
- Be Aware of Ventilation and Crowded Spaces
The more people are clustered together, the higher the odds that one of them will transmit a disease to another one of them. Just like with social distancing, it can help to default to stay away from crowds unless you have a specific reason not to.
The same applies to places with poor ventilation. If you were going to visit with sick people, the better the ventilation is, the better your protection against the transmission of their illness
This is a practice that can actually benefit people in other ways, too. The more time that we spend in places with good ventilation and fresh air, the higher the quality of our experiences will be.
- Wash Your Hands
Some diseases spread a lot through fomites. Fomites are little packets of diseases that can sit on surfaces. Although we do not ordinarily think of them that way, hands are a certain kind of surface.
Keeping your hands clean can greatly lower the chance of transmitting diseases like the flu.
- Keep Surfaces Clean
The same principle applies to keeping other surfaces clean. With diseases like the flu, keeping surfaces clean is an effective way to prevent transmission. At the same time, you should remember that it is not an effective way to diminish the transmission of diseases like Covid.
- Adjust Your Emphasis Based on Local Diseases
If you are dealing with a lot of people who have Covid, then you should emphasize ventilation. If you’re dealing with a lot of people infected with the flu, then you should emphasize washing hands and keeping surfaces clean as well as ventilation.
Depending on the disease you’re dealing with, different measures will be more important. If you want to be able to adjust rooms’ ventilation based on changing needs, then you might try hanging up curtains to create temporary isolated spaces.
The more you learn about effective preventative measures and basic safety precautions, the more you might be interested in integrating these health precautions into your own routine. The right basic health precautions can have outsized effects, costing only a little bit of money or effort and protecting people very effectively. To learn more about ways to employ safety precautions, look at tools you can use here.
Enjoy All the Benefits of Effective Preventative Measures
We hope that you were able to take away something helpful from this brief article on some of the most subtle and yet effective preventative measures you can employ to decrease the transmission of illness. Although it can take some time to learn to integrate these kinds of practices, doing so is an investment that will more than pay for itself!
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